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What Did You Read During The Pandemic?

I decided to keep a record of books that I read during the lockdown and restriction part of the Pandemic just out of interest. It has taken me a while to get to this point where I have reviewed all the books I read, but I have done it! I have also got a separate page on my blog where the reading list is split into Months and Years (click on “What did you read during the Pandemic?” in the menu bar).

When setting up this blog I decided to set myself genre goals to achieve each month so hopefully there is something for everyone in this list!

📚Pandemic Reading List 2020 – The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien⭐Rated 4/5⭐

📚Pandemic Reading List 2020 – Mother Knows Best by Serena Valentino⭐Rated 4/5⭐

📚Pandemic Reading List 2020 – The Beast Within by Serena Valentino ⭐Rated 3/5⭐

📚Pandemic Reading List 2020 – Poor Unfortunate Soul by Serena Valentino ⭐Rated 3/5⭐

📚Popular on Social Media – Pandemic Reading List 2020 – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas ⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📚Pandemic Reading List 2020 – Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson ⭐Rated 2/5⭐

📚Pandemic Reading List 2020 – Fairest of All by Serena Valentino ⭐Rated 3/5⭐

📚 Popular on Social Media – Pandemic Reading List 2020 – The Guest List by Lucy Foley⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📚 Now on TV – Pandemic Reading List 2020 – A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness⭐Rated 3/5⭐

📚A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📚A Very Country Christmas by Zara Stoneley⭐Rated 3/5⭐

📚Clara At Christmas by Lacey London ⭐Rated 3/5⭐

📚A Cornish Christmas Reunion by Laura Briggs⭐Rated 3/5⭐

📚Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer ⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📚A Christmas in Cornwall by Laura Briggs⭐Rated 3/5⭐

📚The Witch of the North Pole by Snow Eden ⭐Rated 3/5⭐

📚Christmas in July by Enni Amanda ⭐Rated 3/5⭐

📚Christmas at the Chateau by Lorraine Wilson ⭐Rated 3/5⭐

📚I messed up Christmas by Jo-Ann Carson ⭐Rated 4/5⭐

📚Miss Kane’s Christmas by Caroline Mickelson ⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📚Christmas Spirit by Morgana Best ⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📚The Mystery of Santa Clause by Paul Moxham ⭐Rated 2/5⭐

📚Christmas Wishes by Kitty Wilson⭐Rated 3/5⭐

📚Killer Christmas by Harper Lin⭐Rated 3/5⭐

📚A Very Lucky Christmas by Lilac Mills⭐Rated 4/5⭐

📚The Ghost of Christmas Past By Angie Fox ⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📚Ruth’s First Christmas Tree by Elly Griffiths⭐Rated 3/5⭐

📚Decker and Joy by Elle Rush⭐Rated 3/5⭐

📚Miz Scarlet and the Holiday Houseguests by Sarah M. Barton⭐Rated 4/5⭐

📚Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📚Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman ⭐Rated 3/5⭐

📚The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman ⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📚Love Your Life by Sophie Kinsella⭐Rated 4/5⭐

📚The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe ⭐Rated 4/5⭐

📚The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle ⭐Rated 4/5⭐

📚Jane Austen: Her Complete Novels in One Sitting by Jennifer Kasius⭐Rated 4/5⭐

📚The Brontes: The Complete Novels in One Sitting by Jennifer Kasius ⭐Rated 4/5⭐

📚Messages: A National Poetry Day Book by Gaby Morgan ⭐Rated 3/5⭐

📚Light: A National Poetry Day Book by Gaby Morgan ⭐Rated 3/5⭐

📚Isn’t Easter All About The Eggs?! by Steven J Corner ⭐Rated 3/5⭐

📚Origin by Dan Brown ⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📚Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness ⭐Rated 3/5⭐

📚The Duke and I by Julia Quinn ⭐Rated 3/5⭐

📚Stories To Make You Smile: The Reading Agency by Fanny Blake ⭐Rated 4/5⭐

📚The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📚Sansei and Sensibility by Karen Tei Yamashita ⭐Rated 2/5⭐

📚 Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn ⭐Rated 4/5⭐

📚 Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte ⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📚Emma by Jane Austen ⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📚The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie ⭐Rated 3/5⭐

📚Charles Dickens: The Complete Novels in One Sitting by Joelle Herr ⭐Rated 3/5⭐

📚The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse ⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📚The Perfect Couple by Jackie Kabler⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📚Aloha Hidaway Inn by Elana Johnson ⭐Rated 4/5⭐

📚Beauty and The Book Collector by Bethany Windfall ⭐Rated 4/5⭐

📚Armed and Outrageous by Madison Johns⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📚A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle ⭐Rated 4/5⭐

📚Prejudice Meets Pride by Rachael Anderson ⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📚Around The World In Eighty Days by Jules Verne ⭐Rated 3/5⭐

📚Bakeries and Bones by Nic Roberts⭐Rated 4/5⭐

📚A Killer Cupcake by Fiona Grace ⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📚The City of Tears by Kate Mosse⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📚Best Murder in Show by Debbie Young⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📚Cappuccinos, Cupcakes and a Corpse by Harper Lin⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📚Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh – Featured on BBC Between the Covers ⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📚Mask of Duplicity by Julia Brannan⭐Rated 4/5⭐

📚The Keys To My Diary – Fern by Ann Omasta ⭐Rated 4/5⭐

📚Death in Paradise by J.E.Trent⭐Rated 4/5⭐

📚Aloha Alibi by Jasmine Webb – Free on Kindle⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📚A Death At The Palace by M.H Baylis⭐Rated 2/5⭐

📚Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding ⭐Rated 4/5⭐

📚And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie – On The Great American Read List ⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📚Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella – Popular on Social Media ⭐Rated 5/5⭐

📚Big Sky by Kate Atkinson⭐Rated 2/5⭐

📚A Classic – Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen ⭐Rated 3/5⭐

📚The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown⭐Rated 5/5⭐

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A Look Back At My Genre Goals – How I Broaden My Reading!

I started this blog in June of this year. As you know I set myself Genre Goals each month rather than Number of Books Read Goals to give me a certain amount of flexibility in what I read and to broaden my reading.

I thought that after 4 months I would have a look back and see how I was doing. I think that it is pretty clear that I favour murder mystery, however I have read a surprising amount of Chick Lit, Historical Fiction, Classic and Fantasy.

My full reading list so far for the year can be found under My 2021 Reading List page.

How is your reading going?

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Pandemic Reading List 2021 – Book Review – Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness #bookreview #shadowofnight #deborahharkness #fantasy

I got this for 99p on Kindle, but it is also available at the library.

This is the second book in the series and after an average first book, I wasn’t sure what this second one would have in store. I loved the TV series so I came at the book with fresh eyes and hope!

I have to say that I like the idea behind this series of books more than the actual stories themselves. This is exactly the type of story I enjoy, with the vampires, witches and demons, the romance and the darkness, plus the amazing settings that the characters found themselves in, but I found that it didn’t hold my interest. I don’t know whether it was the way it was written, but I could put it down and forget about it.

I therefore found it tricky to rate as once I found the time to sit and read it I could read it for ages, however once I put it down it wasn’t calling me to finish it. It didn’t matter to me whether I picked it back up or not.

I feel like I have invested quite a bit of time in the books and therefore the third book is on my ‘to read’ list, however I do not hold high hopes for it.

Rated 3/5

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Pandemic Reading List 2021 – The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn

I got this for 99p on Kindle, but it is also available at the library.

After seeing Bridgerton on TV I decided that I needed to read the books. I read the first one and have to say that I was disappointed. So much more happened in the TV show. I kept waiting for things to happen and they never did! I therefore didn’t have high hopes for this one.

I am pleased to report that I loved this book! It is definitely up there with my favourite books. I loved the main character and her sense of humour. She wasn’t pretentious and was so protective and encouraging of her sister which was lovely to see.

The main character manages to get herself into all sorts of scrapes and dramas, yet she deals with it calmly and with good humour.

The settings were again lovely, with the big houses throwing parties and the beautiful clothes that they all got to wear.

It was gripping from beginning to end with all the drama, love and humour. I couldn’t put it down! I would definitely read this book again, which I think is the mark of a good book, especially when I have a large TBR pile and new books enticing me all the time!

Rated 5/5

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Pandemic Reading List 2021 – The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse

Book Description From Goodreads:

“You won’t want to leave. . . until you can’t.

Half-hidden by forest and overshadowed by threatening peaks, Le Sommet has always been a sinister place. Long plagued by troubling rumors, the former abandoned sanatorium has since been renovated into a five-star minimalist hotel.

An imposing, isolated getaway spot high up in the Swiss Alps is the last place Elin Warner wants to be. But Elin’s taken time off from her job as a detective, so when her estranged brother, Isaac, and his fiancée, Laure, invite her to celebrate their engagement at the hotel, Elin really has no reason not to accept.

Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, Elin immediately feels on edge–there’s something about the hotel that makes her nervous. And when they wake the following morning to discover Laure is missing, Elin must trust her instincts if they hope to find her. With the storm closing off all access to the hotel, the longer Laure stays missing, the more the remaining guests start to panic.

Elin is under pressure to find Laure, but no one has realized yet that another woman has gone missing. And she’s the only one who could have warned them just how much danger they are all in. . . “

This was another 99p Kindle purchase. I had seen this book around on social media so I thought that I would give it a go.

It was an excellent read. It was gripping and dark, and with the setting being an isolated Sanatorium on a mountain, together with the stormy, snowy weather, it all added to the spooky, mysterious atmosphere.

Throughout the book you just didn’t know who to trust and you kept getting lulled into a false sense of security. You knew the murderer had to be someone in the Sanatorium, due to the isolated nature of the building, but trying to work out who it was was difficult!

The characters were all untrustworthy to some extent which added to the drama of it all.

I highly recommend reading this book. It is definitely one for the Autumn/Winter season.

Rated 5/5

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Pandemic Reading List 2021 – Origin by Dan Brown

Origin by Dan Brown

Book Description from Goodreads:

“Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement—the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s host is Edmond Kirsch, a forty-year-old billionaire and futurist whose dazzling high-tech inventions and audacious predictions have made him a renowned global figure. Kirsch, who was one of Langdon’s first students at Harvard two decades earlier, is about to reveal an astonishing breakthrough . . . one that will answer two of the fundamental questions of human existence.

As the event begins, Langdon and several hundred guests find themselves captivated by an utterly original presentation, which Langdon realizes will be far more controversial than he ever imagined. But the meticulously orchestrated evening suddenly erupts into chaos, and Kirsch’s precious discovery teeters on the brink of being lost forever.

Reeling and facing an imminent threat, Langdon is forced into a desperate bid to escape Bilbao. With him is Ambra Vidal, the elegant museum director who worked with Kirsch to stage the provocative event. Together they flee to Barcelona on a perilous quest to locate a cryptic password that will unlock Kirsch’s secret.

Navigating the dark corridors of hidden history and extreme religion, Langdon and Vidal must evade a tormented enemy whose all-knowing power seems to emanate from Spain’s Royal Palace itself . . . and who will stop at nothing to silence Edmond Kirsch.

On a trail marked by modern art and enigmatic symbols, Langdon and Vidal uncover clues that ultimately bring them face-to-face with Kirsch’s shocking discovery . . . and the breathtaking truth that has long eluded us. 

Origin is Dan Brown’s most brilliant and entertaining novel to date. “

I love Dan Bown’s books and was appauled to find that I hadn’t yet read this one. I of course needed to buy it, and during my research I found out that it was number one when my son was born, and so I decided to ask for it as a Mother’s Day present.

I was not disappointed. It was easy to read and thoroughly gripping. I love the mixture of fact and fiction and often when I have read a bit I will Google to see which bits were true. The bits that are true often surprise me, and I feel as if I have gained some extra knowledge that I didn’t have before reading. Also after I have read a Dan Brown book I instantly want to visit the place (however unrealistic that expectation is!).

I love his characters and often feel sorry for the main character who seems to want a quiet life, yet gets roped into all sorts of adventures through no fault of his own.

Whilst I have seen that some people say that the Dan Brown books are samey and therefore there is no point in reading them, I have to say that I disagree. I love the formula that he uses and the way that he mixes it up by using different places, and with those new places comes new historical information that I haven’t heard of before.

Dan Brown is one of my favourite authors and so far not one of his books has disappointed me! I highly recommend reading his books.

Rated 5/5

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Reading Recommendations – September 2021 Reading List

Below is my reading list for September:

Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé – Popular on Social Media ⭐Rated 5/5⭐ – Thriller

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas – Popular on Social Media ⭐Rated 5/5⭐ – Fantasy

Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Sutanto ⭐Rated 5/5⭐ – Humour, Murder Mytery

The Rejected Suitor by Teresa McCarthy ⭐Rated 5/5⭐ – Historical Fiction, Romance

Autumn Leaves A Chick Lit Anthology ⭐Rated 4/5⭐ – Chick Lit, Autumn Read

A Court of Frost And Starlight by Sarah J Maas ⭐ Rated 4/5⭐ – Fantasy

Cauliflowers through the Catflap by Cassandra Campbell-Kemp ⭐ Rated 4/5⭐ – Non-Fiction

Dear Fatty by Dawn French ⭐Rated 3/5⭐ – Autobiography

I am happy to confirm that I achieved all my genre goals this month plus the extra seasonal read goal!

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Reading Recommendations – August 2021 Reading List

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton⭐Rated 5/5⭐

Emma by Alexander McCall Smith⭐Rated 1/5⭐

The Bookshop on the Corner by Rebecca Raisin⭐Rated 4/5⭐

Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor⭐Rated 4/5⭐

Dead Soil by Alex Apostol⭐Rated 5/5⭐

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas⭐Rated 5/5⭐

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy By Douglas Adams⭐Rated 4/5⭐

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton⭐Rated 4/5⭐

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